Cataract Surgery

Seeing cataracts for what they are, a condition that’s surprisingly common and readily treatable, is essential to protecting our precious sense of sight.

What cataracts are…

Cataracts are simply an opaque clouding within the eye’s natural lens. Often, as we age, some of the proteins that help make up the lens begin clumping together. As they get larger, these masses begin to scatter and diffuse light, preventing it from properly focusing on the retina at the back of the eye. Typically, this results in hazy, blurry vision and faded dull colors.

Symptoms you’re likely to see: Because cataracts usually develop slowly over time, and without any pain, you may hardly notice any change in your vision. Eventually, however, you will probably experience one or more of these common cataract symptoms:

  • Trouble reading without brighter light than usual\
  • Hazy, cloudy or blurry vision
  • Trouble performing daily tasks or hobbies
  • Trouble seeing or driving at night
  • Faded, dull or dim colors
  • Sensitivity to light, halos around light
  • Glasses or contacts no longer improve vision

Intra-Ocular Lens Implant: today’s technology offers many options in what Lens implant a patient can have during cataract surgery. Dr. Cooper can go over options for each patient, depending on life style and medical needs, not everyone may be a candidate. That decision is left up to Dr. Cooper and the individual patient.

Lens options offered:

  • Standard mono-focal Lens implant – designed to deliver improved vision at just distance, usually far. With a mono-focal lens implant you will probably need to wear glasses for near and intermediate vision.

  • Crystalens by Bausch & Lomb – an accommodative lens implant that allows near, far and in between vision. If you’re like many Crystalens patients, after surgery you’ll hardly, if ever, need your glasses or contacts to see. They are designed to correct your full range of vision; no other replacement lens comes closer to mirroring the natural focusing ability of the eye.

  • Trulign Toric by Bausch & Lomb – an accommodative lens implant that also treats up to 2 diopters of astigmatism along with correcting the full range of vision, near, far and in between. After surgery you’ll hardly, if ever, need your glasses or contacts to see.

  • Toric Lens – This lens allows optimum distance correction along with correcting up to 5 Diopters of astigmatism. Providing clear distance vision for patients with astigmatism, usually without the need for glasses.

No single Intra Ocular Lens Implant is right for everyone. Dr. Cooper will be happy to discuss, in detail, the specific advantages and disadvantages of each lens type, and help you decide which Lens is best suited to providing you with a lifetime of better vision.